The most beautiful castles in Île-de-France

In Yvelines (78), Haut-de-Seine (92), Val-de-Marne (95), Seine-et-Marne (77)...

Want to get away from Paris and go for a day in Ile-de-France ? Discover 10 castles to do with your family less than 100 km from Paris. Most of these castles are free for children under 18 years old. If the weather is goodthink picnic ! All these castles have magnificent parks and gardens with picnic areas.

Castles to visit south of Paris

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The castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte


  • One of our favorites
  • Costumed tours, fun activities
  • In Maincy (77950)
  • Free for children 6 and under


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The castle of Fontainebleau

  • A splendour of Renaissance style
  • In Fontainebleau (in the 77)
  • Free for children under 18 years old (under 26 years old if EU citizen)


Castles to visit west of Paris

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The castle of Malmaison and Bois-Préau

  • Empress Josephine's castle
  • In Rueil-Malmaison (in 92)
  • Free for children under 18 years old (under 26 years old if EU citizen)


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The castle of Breteuil


  • The castle of Charles Perrault's tales
  • In Choisel (in the Yvelines - 78)
  • Free for children under 5


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The visit of the Palace of Versailles


  • The excessiveness of the castle, the splendor of the park
  • In Versailles (78)
  • Free for children under 18 years old (under 26 years old if EU citizen)


And also, the castle of Rambouillet

  • In Rambouillet (78120) 55km southwest of Paris
  • Open every day of the year except Tuesdays, and closed on the following holidays January 1, May 1, November 1, November 11 and December 25
  • WE love : The splendor of the castle and its ceremonial apartments as well as its sumptuous gardens
  • Top with children: ride a bike, ride an electric cart, go boating

Castles to visit east of Paris

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The castle of Champs-sur-Marne

  • A jewel of classical architecture in Île-de-France
  • A Champs sur Marne (77)
  • Free for children under 18 years old (under 26 years old if EU citizen)


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The castle of Vincennes

  • Very nice with children
  • In Vincennes (94)
  • Free for children under 18 years old (under 26 years old if EU citizen)


Castles to visit north of Paris

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The castle of Pierrefonds

  • A medieval castle built by Viollet-le-Duc
  • In the Oise (60)
  • Free for children under 18 years old (under 26 years old if EU citizen)


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The Domaine de Chantilly

  • Chantilly, the castle, the gardens, the horse museum
  • In Chantilly (60500)
  • Free for children under 7 years old


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The impressionist museum of Auvers-sur-Oise

  • A museum without paintings dedicated to Impressionism
  • Ideal from 8 years old
  • Free for children under 7 years old



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